When NPL’s Core Values were put into writing in the early 1990s, it was not lost on the leadership team that taking care of the community was of vital importance. They recognized that across the country NPL employees are part of the communities where they work, and the welfare of those communities goes beyond building safe gas distribution systems. BE A GOOD STEWARD is the phrasing they chose, and the intent was that NPL would take care of communities as well as its customers and employees.
This post is a tribute to all of the activities NPL employees have engaged in over the years in service to their communities. Sponsoring local events, volunteering, giving, participating in service programs—the number of NPL’s philanthropic efforts over 50 years is far too long to list here. What follows instead are a few examples that capture the enduring spirit of NPL’s stewardship.
After an annual strategic planning meeting in 2004, 12 NPL leaders packed into vans and drove from San Diego to the poverty-stricken hillsides of Tijuana for a team-building activity. There they met with a homeless family of five. Coordinating with the Youth With A Mission organization, the group split into crews to build the family a 16′ x 20′ home over the next two days. The project was a success, and after handing over the keys, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“We have always believed in an ethic of citizenship that includes helping those in need and promoting the common good.”
NPL in Virginia and Maryland have been supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through fundraising and the Light the Night Walk since 2002. In 2014, they set their sights higher, and their efforts caught the attention of Fox 5 local news. A team comprised of Marc Porterfield, Kevin Bullion, Erik McLeish and Jason Waymire set out to raise funds by climbing Mt. Baker in the northern Cascades. The team trained on weekends through spring and summer for the 10,781 foot ascent. That August, in cooperation with three guides from a mountaineering expeditions company and four other climbers, the NPL team completed their challenge. Pictured at the top of this post are the climbers with their “NPL Climbing for a Cure” sign at the top of Mt. Baker. They raised $10,781, one dollar for each foot. That year alone, NPL donated more than $30,000 to the LLS. (Left: Erik, Kevin and Marc with Fox 5’s Laura Evans)
Today, operational areas across NPL include community service as a component of their yearly goals. The importance of stewardship is so ingrained in NPL’s culture that it has been included with Safety, Quality, Employees, Economy and Environment in the Sustainability Framework for all of Centuri Construction Group. COMMUNITY IS WHO WE SERVE.